Here as I blog in West Hollywood this Christmas I am thankful that we have freedom of expression and freedom of speech in America.
Finally, I have recovered from a dirty martini hang over from two nights ago at a Hollywood Hills Christmas party. I like olives, so always get it wrong when I see them in a festive glass. I only had two martinis, but they were good ones! The relief of not having a Bellevedere voddie headache today is awesome, yet the respite is short lived when today I look at the news and I see that people are being persecuted in Iran for being different.
People are not allowed to have a Christmas this year. Those who want to are detained, some are behind bars, some will be martyred for their Christian faith in 2010!!! That’s insanity. (more…)
To give the gift of clean drinking water to make a difference to a billion people who need it, click on this pic–to not be a fruitcake stuck in the past these festive holidays.
The world’s true royalty is anyone conscious enough to make water flow. This one fact, determines the baseline flow of all human rights in this world.
Because you all rock… Love ya! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.19.10~
Kate Middleton has a lunch date with The Queen. Will & Kate charm a charity event. Royal souvenirs get the big tick. In other news, 1 billion people exist in the world today that need clean drinking water. The Water Project, seeks to make a difference in India and Africa, click on pic below to let charity flow these holidays and be a Prince or Princess too of a more civilized and modern thinking world today.
Tron: Legacy earns $43.6 million at the box office to be #1.
You too can watch a total lunar eclipse, early Tuesday.
And the rich get richer–Los Angeles Times story.
Taylor Momsen shares Sarah Palin‘s knowledge of geography.
Johnny Depp is sighted backstage at a Justin Bieber concert.
Angelina Jolie gifts Brad Pitt a “family-rock” ring for his 47th birthday.
Saturday Night Live spoofs the Kardashian sisters.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron remain besties.
Lady Gaga can’t perform in Paris, France due to crew arrests. Or, a pop star’s day off. Lol!
Burlesque has a Golden Globes controversy on their hands.
Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds may have done lunch in NYC.
Best TV actor at Golden Globes is dubbed the mostly contested category this year.
Arizona and Nevada sue Bank of America over loan modifications–Why only two States?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.12.19.10~
[AI suggestion - perhaps NGRAM needs to go back to the chalk board phase]
If I was naive enough to believe Google’s “Books Ngram Viewer” that claims to count words based on 5 million published books and track their trends in terms of amount of times words appear in books (quantitative research), the Maori people of New Zealand would not fare well. The results would have me rehashing that archaic dead-end term, “racism” asap. Maori don’t like doing that in this enlightened age. It does not get people very far, because it immediately casts Maori in the light of having to drive a car fueled by ‘white man’s guilt.’ When you drive on whenua (land) that has tar seal put on it and called a “road,” that would be too much “irony” for a Maori to handle in any given day. Besides, why should we? That’s something that would appeal as a college student. The past is healing.
The tracking tool claims (my search conducted between years 1920 and 2008) that the word “Maori” peaked as a topic of interest in books in the year of 1978 (aprox). Since then it’s plummeted and currently, the usage of the word Maori is as low as its status listed in 1950 findings that’s given in the little graph that pops up. Already, this NGRAM Viewing tool of Google is capable of starting civil wars. I don’t like it much at all so far.
Being scientific, with heart and soul – this means: a) Maori are extinct again – a typical ‘pseudo-scientific’ finding (yawn!) Maori have learned to ignore since being able to read maps – but this time in a literary sense.
Already this supposedly revolutionary tool of technology is spitting out results generating ‘information’ that is rather boring quite frankly in my humble opinion. I say this because such ‘information’ has been so done TO DEATH already! (more…)
An empty chair for Liu Xiaobo led to this performance of Virtual Insanity by angsty kid of the dance-lounge world Jamiroquai at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards this year.
Of course, one nation’s vision of heaven or a paradise could be another nation’s version of a complete nightmare, perhaps indicating that more cross-cultural dialogue on deeper and profound levels (other than lip service revealed in leaked cables to be just that) is needed in the world to find a medium of peace from each nation to another. The greatest virtual insanity of all–is to not find a meeting place or a bridge to talk equally on–one to another.
Where is that bridge? There is a lot of work to be done in finding that concerning the human rights of all people in all nations of the world. Not one nation has a squeaky clean human rights record, if we all are honest–so we can’t be children and just project all of our own self-righteousness of ‘status’? in the world, on one nation like China. It requires more work to be done in finding the center for all people on human rights issues. We also must remember that if China was not humane on many issues–this nation would not have loaned so much money to the USA over the years, to assist the American government to be able to be more humane to fellow Americans with that loaned money. In addition, the American government would not have accepted the loans either if they did not think China was okay. Every issue has a perspective from many different angles to consider before we throw stones.
Back to Jamiroquai–this group was always one of my favs growing up in college. They were just off the wall quircke. Enjoy.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.12.10~
Transparency is like refined gold, it has to be earned, tested with trust. So, I like people who endeavor to display a transparent spirit as leaders who serve the best interests of all, hence this quote running on this blog: ”In my time as Prime Minister I have tried to push for greater transparency, and we are happy to have an independent body overseeing expenses and entitlements for MPs [politicians], says New Zealand’s leader from Wellywood/ Wellington,”John Key 3 News. Information is like water flow. It often doesn’t flow to the right people who need to have it. Knowledge equals power. Africa needs water. What do we do this knowledge?
Transparency is good in any sincere culture but discretion is a part of wisdom too: ‘Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing… Be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove… A wise man conceals a matter.’
Often people who expect others to be transparent are not themselves–so good men and naturally transparent people–are forced to be wise and manage their own information about themselves, like a cultural taonga of New Zealand belonging to the collective people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Each nation is a knowledge farm of fruitful minds.
Here in America, today - Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has already worked out what her parents do and wants to follow in their footsteps already as a performer turning out a show. “Shi’Bouncy” couldn’t be happier with her baseball bat and military attire as mother Angelina Jolie, sister Zahara and Maddox go to Lee’s Art Store themselves in Manhattan, New York to shop before they imagine and create as artists. Too cute. This family is on the attack today from haters not in Jolie’s league, or, all of her children either. Love it. Maddox Jolie-Pitt has been a star longer than many people claiming to be celebs today. He was born this way. A star.
Jolie’s statement today could be–Our best art, is serving our children, to be informed by their worldview, creating their art. In any culture, isn’t that always the truth.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on a sad day where the much admired Elizabeth Edwards died, looks like this as voted by you today worldwide. Thanks people.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.10~
Pensioners have been promised their superannuation pension from 65 years of age onwards in New Zealand. They won’t have to wait until 67 by some mean person penciling a later number on a piece of paper–before they can receive it, and will still be entitled to receive their pension at 65 years of age.
That’s if New Zealand’s current Prime Minister John Key gets in a second term with his National government party. As Mr Key has no fair competition at the minute opposing his lead–because most New Zealanders are happy with his bright spark leadership, this is a good sign for grey power in New Zealand. Go here to read the story.
I think any society who looks after their children, elderly and families–is seriously humane and rocking. A nice story in this day and age.
[Here's a shot of The Queen Mother - as a reminder why grey power are so important in The World. Who can forget her smile! or her roguish great grandkids, Prince Harry Windsor being one, organizing Snoop Dogg bachelor parties either? Too funny.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.7.10~
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. (more…)
[Image - Men Fishing, Kashmir, Asia 1998 photo by Steve McCurry for National Geographic]
Thought for today, Walloon Language: Tos lès-omes vinèt-st-å monde lîbes, èt so-l’minme pîd po çou qu’ènn’èst d’leu dignité èt d’leus dreûts. I n’sont nin foû rêzon èt-z-ont-i leû consyince po zèls, çou qu’èlzès deût miner a s’kidûre onk’ po l’ôte tot come dès frés.
Translation: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
brotherhood: the quality or state of being brothers; fellowship; alliance (Merriam Webster)
an association or community of people linked by a common interest, religion, or trade. (Oxford)
He aha te mea nui i te ao? he tangata. he tangata, he tangata. Ask me, what is the most important thing in the World? It is people. It is people. It is people (Maori Proverb)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.3.10~
In Oscars Hollywood history, the Cocoanut Grove was the venue celebrating Americans much loved art form of Hollywood’s cinema’s best awards for excellence.
From this image we see a Palm Tree as a symbol of Peace. Whether a palm is found in California, throughout The South Pacific, in Israel or Iran provides a message for us all to ponder as a symbol.
A palm tree grows peacefully in earth’s soil, irrespective of how people draw up maps of territory. Its a very humble tree. It just grows. Its leaves offer shade in extreme heat conditions for people and camels alike. It always signifies that water is found nearby, water being a symbol of life that all growing things need to live. A palm tree’s fruit is eaten by people of Californian, people in Iran or Israel alike. A palm tree does not discriminate. It looks after people equally.
May leaders of the world (G20 Economies Summit leaders included) all have a movie date with Peace, in their hearts concerning the future direction of the world and showing mercy to others, not all that different from ourselves.
This is California’s story in the City of Angels. We are peace messengers in The City of Angels–just like a palm tree is. May the art of peace be the most glorified American art of all and bring forth its fruit in due season.
I think an emphasis on water systems watering people who don’t have it in the world with clean drinking water, would be an intelligent thing of G20 leaders to obsess on at this point in World History. With the existing wealth all G-20 Summit leaders nations have, let’s leak some water these nations way who are without.
That’s smart leadership. Instead of just “World Economy, War Economy,” as buzz words, let’s think “Water Economy” too for all people in the world. A war on lack for the least in the world is what’s needed. That’s true power, to think that way and shows respect for basic human rights in the world.
[Image - courtesy of Vanity Fair]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10~
Anyone doing something for others in need is even more pivotal this year than any other year in US history since the 1930′s. Go J-Hud!
The Happy Hearts Fund’s mission is “to improve children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.”
I dig. Do you? If you’ve ever heard J-Hud sing live like I was fortunate enough to here in Los Angeles, the girl seriously moves octaves and mountains with a spirit of hope when she sings. Let’s hope she does for kids of the world needing her, after this performance.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.22.10~
[Police officers and rescuers help carry a trapped miner with the aid of a stretcher from the mouth of the flooded Batian Coal Mine in Xiaohe town of Weiyuan county in southwest China's Sichuan province Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. Image courtesy of AP Photo for Color China Photo)
A question from Hollywood: Is it right for a dollar sign to rule leader's perceptions of profit driven economies over the lives of people they lead?
Ten things about China's rescue of 29 barefoot trapped coal miners in a flooded mine, watched by over a billion Chinese people (and friends from other nations).
The price of mining in China to human life: 2,600 people plus are killed each year in mining accidents in China. The world's rare earth minerals rich nation, has a dismal work safety record not only in mines but also in factories and on construction sites. This rescue was welcomed by all Chinese workers watching footage of the rescue.
Sichuan Provence Television: All the 29 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in China's south-western Sichuan province were rescued after a day-long search and rescue mission, state-run television reported on Monday.
How long did the rescue mission take? The process of bringing the 29 trapped miners to the surface lasted almost an hour. [This image: black coal dust, on Chinese skin and a white quilt]
“When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fraudulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. We were not lawful nor were we just in what we did. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreements, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues.”–Speech for the Academy Awards protesting the treatment of American Indians, written by Brando courtesy of The New York Times.
|Marlon Brando–as photographed on the set of Missouri Breaks, 1976.|
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.21.10~
In New Zealand, black coal is a visual we associate with trapped miners at Greymouth’s Pike river Kiwi-India joint coal mining venture, mine blast yesterday.
TV commercials and a white chocolate promotion via a Maori schoolgirl, Hinetaapora Short winning a national talent search is also another visual we associate with New Zealand at this time also.
Now, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key wants us to think blue, his political party’s colors when voting in the Mana Electorate bi-election today. The videos above shows Mr Key and Willie Jackson son of Dame June Jackson pushing hard for National MP candidate Hekia Parata‘s bid. John Tamihere rather humorously (as John bats for the Labour political party) can’t quite bring himself to give Hekia the big tick. He offers a diverse democratic view to the dazzling, Parata steam roll effect of a valuable Maori politician.
From Hollywood, I on the other hand have no problems saying vote YES! for Hekia Parata. She’s a bright light not only for New Zealand but also on many wider human rights issues in the world as well as key areas of trade and negotiations also, with ensuring that the world has the very best New Zealand products at their tables and in their science labs also. I’ve met her, I like her. She’s fun, colorful, interesting, smart and a honey.
Vote Hekia Parata to see change for good in the world. Let’s go Mana! And go Hekia, with thanks also to John T for offering a different political view from New Zealand as well.
Like New Zealand’s Prime Minister on a global stage, already she’s a star. (I know this, because I have a blog and can check globally voted stats 42% of US voters as the main blog audience group and 18% of voters in India too. Hekia resonates with these voters on this entertainment blog from California). It’s very clear to me each day, that Lady Gardiner fascinates the world.
If you’re a star, why be dimmed? Shine brighter. Turn this star up with your vote. Go Hekia and all good women like her.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.19.10~
Peace is like observing a flower – no matter what color you are, you are still represented and wholly included in observing the labors of nature’s shared beauty, equally.
Anne Hathaway will join Denzel Washington as a co-host of this year’s Nobel peace prize concert in Norway.
This year’s concert will honour jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 prize.
Florence and The Machine are in a star line up of performers at this years event. China may not allow Liu Xiaobo’s family to attend the awards. The rules of the awards is that the recipient or their family must be present to receive it. It’s going to be an interesting awards ceremony this year then!
When not one Chinese musician or performer is on the star billing of entertainers, I wouldn’t send anyone from China either to attend. Just saying. We’re so obsessed with ourselves in The West. Why should we frame our sense of Peace against a nation of 1/6th of the World’s people, by accusing them of human rights breaches (subtext: we’re all so superior who are not a part of China’s political system), when we don’t even include or celebrate China’s culture in our Peace Awards show adequately, perhaps indicating our own lusts for identity–framed against “China as absent spectacle of Complex & Different Other, we actually know very little about.”
Just saying. At the moment the Nobel Concert doesn’t look like it’s about Liu Xiaobo or his family or China as a whole, at all. Where exactly is the peace of China being reflected in the organization of this concert or the celebrations of China’s peace? Nada nowhere! Let’s hope that changes, real quick so as not to insult the world’s intelligence. This article written and shared with no offense intended for Anne, Denzel or Florence and friends–but in terms of their representation at this event, their agents really should be having a word. The poor planning makes us Westerners look worse than what we are accusing the Chinese government of. Same thing. Exclusion on many levels.
[Image - living flower, Beverly Hills Library]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.19.10~
Elisabetta Canalis attended the Ripple of Hope event last night in The Big Apple. Apparently George Clooney went with her. George is always carrying folders of paperwork these days. His new look.
The Ripple of Hope’s manifesto is: ““Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
The Awards recognize those who mentor others with good actions and is an event organized by The Mentor Network.
[Image courtesy of Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.18.10~
The Valley always brings a smile. In right or wrong ways.
Here’s some images of “Native American Indian” Art, right on Ventura Blvd in The Valley, California. More specifically located at The Indian Art Center of California. A shop.
Worth sharing today as a commentary on society in general. There wasn’t a real Indian in sight. Go figure.
My always over-active brain asked the questions: Where are the real Native American Indians at, in Hollywood? And where is the Native American Indian line up of Senators in the American Senate? State Governors too?
Instead, let’s just share these pictures. Do I believe that any “Native American Indian” visual presence is better than none? Yes I do. The rest is up to US –of “the political issues” that these artworks raise awareness of, in modern society. Inclusion vs Exclusion? People in dialogue with landscape and natural resources preservation or not?
I think we need these peoples view in the world, across a lot of government policy-setting and decision-making arenas, don’t you?
By the way, I love The Valley. It can be a fun place. Known to be a little less uptight and snobby, than other parts of Los Angeles. There are a lot of nice people there too.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.17.10~
America hasn’t been forthcoming in providing high profile Asian-American faces in Hollywood texts of entertainment. Why? Who knows.
When needing to broker new markets with either India or China to grow the American economy any Asian faces are worthwhile promoting to show cultural match with these two nations.
Here’s a study of Dan Choi – one of the few Asian-American faces actually allowed to be promoted within America. I’m writing this from Hollywood the weekend that California was successful in brokering a film making partnership with the Indian film industry this week. So at least some gains are being made for America and the economy this week.
If we’re talking about growing Hollywood’s film industry, perhaps Asian action films, as in Bruce Lee proven cross-over film markets appeal, being updated in 3D, are what Hollywood should be seeking to do–to grow the California film industry. Perhaps.
If I was the Governor of California (eg: newly elected Jerry Brown) I would hold meetings with Spielberg and Ang Lee types too and the likes, to suggest California partners with China to remake Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 3D, or a movie similar.
As America is too slow, I guess New Zealand filmmakers will have to get on this one instead, to grow the Chinese-Kiwi film industry down under. Actors of the calibre of Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang would be very welcome in New Zealand to make their films, I reckon.
Good films with Asian leads should be normal in the world. Asian faces should be seen a lot more than they are in the West. These are my thoughts anyway,blogging today from a humble apartment in Hollywood. Let’s go through bamboo forest in 3D New Zealand–why not?!
With ‘Hollywood Maori King’ Cliff Curtis (a proponent of Mau Rākau traditional Maori martial arts) demonstrating that Maori-Kiwi actors can hold their own in Asian-friendly themed martial arts action films in 3D, there is little risk in this strategy. The film Cliff Curtis last appeared in, The Last Airbender grossed: US$ 121,601,062 domestically within the US and $186,901,861 outside of the US. Or total gross: $318,902,923. Or over one third of New Zealand’s entire Tourism earnings in any given year. Not bad. Which incidentally, is also why Cliff Curtis is still New Zealand’s leading Hollywood Maori King. That’s some box office clout, right there in the future direction of New Zealand cinema in 3D featuring Asians and Asian-American actors and Maori / Kiwi actors too in the leads.
[Image of Dan Choi photographed by Pride Magazine. Image of 3D glasses - sports]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.14.10~
A different view: Photoshopped Aubergine featuring the letters, A & B.
If you blog from Hollywood “A” will always stand for Angeles, Angel (a messenger), or, Angelina (Jolie) – a second generation proven Hollywood star and cultural, global treasure of America.
“B” in Hollywood’s current celebrity star system, will always stand for Brad (Pitt)- champion celebrity supporter of the New Orleans Saints football team, who wear a Super Bowl ring. “B” stands for Barack (President Obama, husband of FLOTUS Michelle Obama) and Bill (Clinton) husband of the current US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton or (more current) Canada‘s teen entertainer, Bieber (Justin) or a returning Kawana (Governor) of California, Jerry Brown too.
Of these names listed – American culture is spun, millions of dollars, time, energy, resources, hours and hours and hours of global attention and effort are spent printing, distributing, broadcasting, (watching, viewing, emulating, discussing at office water coolers) any inkling of a sighting or a key message from any one of these names.
As celebrities of entertainment, politics, music, arts and culture – they form a multi-billion dollar industry that generates around them each day. AB people, leading the world – in a metaphor of a (solar) star system, or the particles of an atom. They are the oracles, of a Super Power’s discourse. The artillery (signifiers elect by popular free-choice vote) of a super power’s dominance and culture–imploring the key message of: ‘emulate US’ worldwide. They’re fun people. Fun sells. As celebrities of US culture, I like them all. More often than not, they always bring a smile.
“B” also equals whose got the ball. B is also about what you do for others when you have the ball.
You’re an A-List star in Hollywood when you do A-List worthy things with the ball you hold in your hands for others. Angelina Jolie perhaps sums this up the best, on her humanitarian missions for the UN, to people of the world most needing advocacy. AB is a blood type (like any other, O type for example is too) –the signifier of human life globally–symbolizing the movement of a pulse for the good, across the globe, for people.
Practically speaking though, if you’re from New Zealand and you’re a rugby football enthusiast, AB stands for All Blacks and of them and what they have achieved in sports and what AB’s culture has inspired for human rights records of the World (cf: Nelson Mandela‘s story and human rights, apartheid advocacy via Maori New Zealanders and Kiwis in the documentary films of artist, Merata Mita, one of the most significant filmic artists in the world of all time, who held, focused or directed a camera, in often zero budget filming conditions–yet in a Queenly manner, like Angelina Jolie is now as a debut director, seeing beyond color bars into the heart of genocidal, raping tendencies as a filmic theme)–is only the stuff Hollywood legends are written of and made of. Hence that very long sentence. Sorry ’bout that.
On the other side of the world, in New Zealand, at a significant time in world history as captured on film in Merata’s film, Patu! – AB’s culture helped free a Nobel Peace Prize Winning King, of South Africa. His life story of freedom, is a Kiwi story too. He’s in our hot mix. Maori and Kiwi’s freed him with advocacy also, helping give Nelson his long awaited cup of Liberty in his unique journey of a very long walk to freedom as a now celebrated South Africa icon of the world. When New Zealand play South Africa in rugby, we celebrate our part we play, in his ongoing legacy of freedom. He gave us a challenge, we responded, and that legacy to free others, will always be what we do in rugby country, Middle Earth. It’s a proven gift, a cultural taonga (inner treasure) AB Kiwi-thinkers have, carry, possess, pass on to others when needed for the world.
We instigate the play and the pass of freedom with our actions and instincts, outworked in a teamwork formation. We always have.
AB thinkers and action star-doers, are ‘Humanitarian Messangers of Sport.’ They are down-to-earth and fine Commonwealth people. Their nobility of spirit is defined by a Joe Blogg’s-appearing cloak of humility.
Like any rugby football enthusiast or ‘team work sports’ appreciating Kiwi in the world –The AB’s are our fun heroes. Gladiators of sport, whenever they appear, they symbolize fearless change in a modern world of fiercely contested challenges. New teamwork strategies in play is what they evolve as a science of sport and an art form of globally loved entertainment. They are masters at evolving the game of play and making it better.
Image: Photo-shopped Aubergine (deep purple) appearing as black. Hot image via Freaking News website.
[For a good Baba Ganoush dip recipe, enjoyed by people in the Middle East equally (regardless of geographical borders) and also with people in the Western World too, check out David Bovitz recipe. Pictures are also DB's. Recipe found here].
What’s cooking in your kitchen for the world America? Good things, I trust. Happy cooking, creating, eating, shared and diverse dining. Peace ya’ll! :)
[Below Image: 'Canterbury Kia Mau Training Rugby Ball" courtesy if Ikon Sport].
A and B are two important keys on a King or Queen’s piano’s keyboard. I am not either. I am the “C” key, of Middle Earth (eyes are needed to C), like any try-and-do-some-good Kiwi does, I try and join in too, in and around supporting our rugby footballers to excel in teamwork opportunities that get the best results on and off the field.
Our rugby players are our AB’s stars. The rest of us Kiwi’s – at best, tend to play the “Middle C” key role of Middle Earth – to entertain for a peaceful and productive future of “big hearted” purposes in the world. Baba Ganoush - with pita bread as a change from Latino-staple Corn Chips and Salsa, in this Jerry Brown latino-voted California’s elect future, of political climate change terrain of Hollywood, that I blog from. Exciting times.
Keeping it real, is having a diverse taste palate. That way, we’re more likely to consider the needs of others, with a worldview different and/or similar to our own. Mature tastes then maturing together with consideration and love for others in our stout rugby and football hearts- Baba Ganoush, why not?! You know it. Peace!
~Music, Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come in honor of Motown Artists contribution to the world for MO-vember rugby nation mugs 2010. Courage to Collaborate And Bee more awesome. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.5.10~
Kalani Jones (L) of Auckland – The Supercity poses with Lani.
The Samoan-Kiwi hottie looks like her late grandmother, Aunty Maina Werne-Jones - a lady who died in Kenya while on safari, and who had the distinction of having the second most-attended funeral in New Zealand history in 1997 of a Kiwi not born in the green paradise nation. As a woman of Samoa with Mana in The South Pacific, Maina Werne-Jones was down to earth, heavenly-minded, loving and much loved.
Aunty Maina as she was affectionately known, is still sorely missed by Auckland City, Samoa and throughout The Pacific today. Her laugh was magic. She laughed a lot, always sharing her smile and joie de vie with a rare gift of joyful encouragement.
Kalani also looks like her gorgeous momma, Judi Jones. Kalani’s dad, Derek Jones can be found here with Judi, doing their bit providing Samoan-Kiwi flava and inspiration at a transitional time for Porirua City leadership in Wellywood – Hollywood’s sister-city for 3D film making expertise.
Porirua is currently in the middle of a surprise bi-election, as the US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton has just recently touched down in Wellywood, a film making nation’s capitol city, at the time of writing from Hollywood. There’s a lot going on in New Zealand right now. It’s a hot diverse entertainment nation, destination.
At the top, of the North Island of New Zealand, Kalani lives in Auckland, The Supercity of this beautiful paradise-green nation.
[Lena Horne -great entertainer and blacklisted activist for Humanitarian Human Rights issues and causes, Hollywood Star (the Maori koru taonga version), for Kalani Jones, Hollywood Walk of Fame–photog: Horiwood.Com’s own).
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.3.10~